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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Reflections on The SP Article on Addiction
Overexposure to pleasurable foods causes an overload of dopamine in the brain. Over time the brain responds by decreasing the number of dopamine receptors. We feel pleasure rewards when dopamine bonds with its receptor. Fewer receptors means less perceived reward when we eat pleasure foods.
That's why one cookie is never enough and portion sizes of comfort foods alway increase. After eating healthy for a while, I notice that a piece of bread tastes sweet like a piece of cake. That means the dopamine pleasure receptors are more sensitive and increasing.
The brain prefrontal cortex (PFC) that controls willpower is damaged and impaired. To heal the brain, stop eating binge foods. Make food substitutions for binge foods. To maintain control, combine protein and fiber foods throughout the day. Fitness stimulates the growth of more brain cells.
Study your eating patterns to identify danger times like 4 p.m. or after dinner. Eat a protein snack at that time. If you want to binge, use a 15 minute bargaining plan until you regain control. Learn how to adapt and adjust to stress without resorting to self-sabotage. Create your own Healthy Inner Voice. Dismiss the negative unhealthy inner voice that says Eat it, NOW!" with "Yes, I know you want it but it's okay. We'll be fine without it."